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Florida adds nearly 14,000 coronavirus cases, 174 deaths

The state also reported 440 hospitalizations, which continue to climb

Florida added 13,990 coronavirus cases and 174 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths since March to 23,759.

The state has recorded 15,367 cases and 159 deaths each day this week on average. It can take officials up to two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death, meaning the number of deaths added does not necessarily reflect the number of people who died the previous day.

The state health department processed 120,687 test results Tuesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 10.17 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Wednesday’s report, 707,478 Floridians have been vaccinated, with 38,880 shots administered Tuesday.

In Hillsborough County, 31,085 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 31,366; in Pasco, 13,244; in Manatee, 12,020; in Polk, 12,109; in Hernando, 6,805; and in Citrus, 6,397.

Of those vaccinated, 61,151 people have received both doses of a vaccine needed for full immunity. So far, 646,327 people have received the first shot, including 15,457 people who are overdue for their second vaccination.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals are currently treating 7,582 people for COVID-19, including 1,563 in the Tampa Bay area, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration.

Florida recorded 440 new admissions Wednesday, including 82 in Tampa Bay, as hospitalizations continue to climb.

About 19 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s weekly average positivity rate was 13 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

States and regions should maintain a positivity rate of five percent or less for at least two weeks before loosening social distancing guidelines, according to the World Health Organization. A positivity rate of 5 percent or less indicates that testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,477 cases and 42 deaths Wednesday.

Pinellas County reported 17 deaths, while Hillsborough recorded 11 deaths. Polk County added six deaths and Citrus added three deaths. Hernando and Manatee counties reported two deaths each, while Pasco added one death.

Polk and Hillsborough counties had weekly average positivity rates of 13 percent. Pasco and Hernando counties reported positivity rates of about 12 percent, while Citrus County had a positivity rate of 11 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was about 10 percent and Manatee County’s positivity rate was about 9 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 89,043 cases and 1,161 deaths; Pinellas has 52,357 cases and 1,157 deaths; Polk has 43,839 cases and 875 deaths; Manatee has 25,379 cases and 457 deaths; Pasco has 25,785 cases and 428 deaths; Hernando has 8,606 cases and 305 deaths; and Citrus has 7,660 cases and 301 deaths.

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